Green Company Goes Into The Red. When the Department of Energy agreed to lend Solar Trust of America $2.1 billion, Secretary Steven Chu said the solar project would create “1,000 direct jobs [and] 7,500 indirect jobs.” It turns out the actual number of new jobs will be closer to zero. Last week, Solar Trust declared bankruptcy.
Our Defense Secretary’s Costly Commute. Since becoming the Secretary of Defense in July, Leon Panetta has flown to his home in Northern California 27 times. Although the trips cost $32,000 per roundtrip flight (the military planes required to transport the defense secretary have some of the world’s most sophisticated communications equipment on board), Panetta has to reimburse the government only $630 per trip.
Don’t check your baggage at this airport. CBS News says more than 200 baggage thefts take place every day at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. According to the report, thieves not only grab the most expensive luggage being checked, but they also look at the addresses on the luggage ID so they can target travelers from the most expensive neighborhoods.
Is This The World’s Most Unusual Job? Hermanus, South Africa may be the most idyllic spot on Earth to watch the antics of the Southern right whale during mating season. The village employs the world’s only Whale Crier™, whose sole job is to patrol the scenic cliffs surrounding the bay and blow a loud horn whenever a cavorting couple is spotted offshore.